February 18, 2011

Short and Sweet

Quick post, and perfect for Fab Friends Friday over at FTLOB. Just when I lose hope in people over here, I find someone who is so lovely and kind, that they restore my faith in goodness (ok, maybe it wasn't that profound, but ya know...)

It's not that the Germans are mean spirited or anything like that, but coming from the South, we tend to 'over-sweet' our emotions, and I really miss that at times.

I went to the gym this afternoon, after running about 500 errands I had put off this whole week until today. I made it there with just enough time for a quick cardio circuit and to make it home before the hubs left for his game tonight. I opened my bag to see that in the dim lighting of our bedroom, I had packed a sports bra and two pairs of shorts....and no shirt. Shit. Or Schade, the polite way to say 'bummer' in German.

Right about then, the only other lady in the dressing room came around the corner. She asked what was wrong, I told her that I was an idiot. And without one moment of hesitation, she offered me the extra shirt she had packed. I don't know this lady, never seen her before at the gym. And here she was lending me her really nice workout T-shirt, because she 'didn't want to see me drive all the way home to get mine'. She quickly game me her name, and said just to leave the shirt at the front counter when I was finished with it. And that was it, like it was an every day occurrence for her.

Dammit, now that I think of it, I forgot my headband and leg warmers too! (source)
How nice and thoughtful and trusting is that?! The Germans have a reputation of being 'cold', at least when you first meet them. Hey, these aren't my words, even the Deustchers will tell you that. But when it comes down to it all, there are nice and kind people all over the world. I am lucky to have run into this one today.

I might not see that lady ever again, the gym is big and we will be gone in a month or two. But the kindness that she showed to a complete stranger will leave me with a smile on my face for a while. Again, vielen Dank!

Sorry for another sweet and sappy post, soooo not like me. But thought it was worth a mini-share today.  Maybe I shouldn't have written this mean spirited one a while back. Whoops!

ALSO, and definitely last but not least, I really, REALLY want to thank everyone for your lovely comments and enthusiasm for the "Storytellers Blog Hop" I mentioned yesterday. Ya'll couldn't have been better. Honestly, thanks for the great feedback. Go ahead and mark your calendars for next weekend Friday Feb. 25th and Saturday the 26th. That way I can get those week bloggers as well at the weekend warriors included. Can't wait for all of us 'storytellers' (ehhh, still think its a little corny sound, but whatevs) to link up! If this goes well, might have to make it a regular end of the month feature.

Hope everyone else is having a good Friday, link up with the hop over at FTLOB and share a friendly story!
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  1. there is seriously somethin' in the air ... across the world! this is the 3rd post I've read this morn about random acts of kindness * * as soon as naptime is over for my kiddos I headin' out & givin' a stranger a hug or somethin' ;)

    happy friday ~ ~ ~

  2. How kind of her! I do love stories like this...thanks so much for sharing!

  3. What a nice lady! I'm glad you were still able to get your workout in:) Have a great weekend!

  4. @b.lee - there must be! Who knows, but I will enjoy it while it lasts :)
    @Alida - I know, it was so nice and unexpected. Really made my day
    @Poekitten - you have a great weekend too!

  5. That kind of people is a endangered species these days!! So nice of her:)

  6. You have to show them a little bit of your southern hospitality! I love being from the south! That was really nice of her to give you her extra shirt! Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

  7. I Love when that happens...the world truly is full of good people!

    I laughed when I saw Oliva Newton-John....loved the comment about headband and leg warmers...some of us actually wore that stuff!!


  8. It's a Full Moon and, for once, the effects on humans are, well, nice.

    Example...ran into a CVS this morning and a little man came in, proceeded to dance around and sing a song. Oddly, shoppers weren't horrified, no one called 911, everyone simply smiled..including moi!

    On any other day, that guy might have been hauled away wearing the latest in designer straight jackets but today, he gaves smiles to a bunch of people who needed them....especially me!

    Nice to have some positive experiences in an otherwise insane world; thanks for sharing your nice story!


  9. Wow that was super nice of her! I can't even imagine someone doing that here!

  10. I think that is a perfectly awesome thing she did--to share her shirt..how nice!!!

  11. Awww that was so sweet of her :) Wish more people were like her. It would be a different problem out here in India, if you lend me your shirt there is a good likeliness you might not get it back. Unless you get someone awesome like me :) Who would probably leave you a box of chocolates along with the shirt the next day :)

  12. @mrs. K - no kidding, gotta savor those moments
    @Jet Setting - heck yes, gotta give that southern loving!
    @Tales of a hockey wife - It really is, I think I will always believe that. And you gotta post a picture of you in that awesome gear!
    @Slidecutter - haha, how funny. Isn't it great how some random people come into your life like that. It really is a great world
    @Texas Type - No joke, I don't even think that would happen in the great state we love!
    @Vanessa - seriously, you're right, just awesome
    @Apfel - if I had a box of chocolates, she would have gotten them for sure!

  13. I love reading stories like this- she could have so easily let you drive back home! There really are good, genuine people left in this world!

  14. Aw, that's a sweet story (not sappy!)--it's really those little gestures of kindness that can turn around a bad day. I've been to Germany twice and, honestly, I never thought the people were cold. Perhaps it's because I'm from German stock and I tend not to be a heart-on-my-sleeve type person anyway? But anyway, I love Germany, so I can't wait to read more of your blog!

    I'm a new follower from the Saturday Stalk blog hop. My blog is at www.thetypeahousewife.com--I'd love it if you'd stop by!

  15. @Shalyn - I know, she was so nice. There are great people out there :)
    @Ohkeeka - you are so right, she did make my day. I know so many great Germans, but they are just different when you first get to meet them. No offense meant to your German stock :) Thanks for stopping by!

  16. Hey thanks for visiting me! Add an email to your profile so I can email you back a response :)

    Also, that was so nice of her - I agree, nice people are all over the world - you just have to search for them sometimes :)


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